I have done a lot of odd jobs, and can confidently call myself a Renaissance man. I always wanted to be a Renaissance man, even though it is looked down upon in certain circles (‘why don’t you specialize?’). I dislike Meghan Trainor and everything she stands for. But let me set the scene: the problem was, when I was a Production Assistant on a stupid little fucking independent film (I mean stupid), this thick red head girl who looked like Meghan Trainor was all up in my grill. I had to reciprocate – and we hung out and had a whole lot of fun. But it was funny that the only reason why we were hanging out is because I somehow felt like I was getting back on her type. The drama student with tons of drama. My weakness.
Released in 2016, 12 tracks, 42 min
One of Boston’s own, Meghan Trainor, is completely out of her depths here on her latest pop foray, Thank You, and being a Boston girl, I must admit, I was swept up in the supportive euphoria of her previous album Title, sort of going along with the ‘line’ that this was in fact girl-forward music, showing body positive imagery with respects to curvy women, and generally a female first attitude that was really needed at that time in 2015. But I have since come to change my mind about this album, and was actually hoping for the new, more artistically mature Meghan Trainor to grace my ears on Thank You, yet to my shock, not only did this album have no clear hits, but it was even more of a shift in the wrong direction. I like to think I’m a feminist but I also want to work with men along clear cut lines of communication, yet the ‘feminist’ Trainor would have it all about her without really having anything appealing going on for herself. Not to mention, some of these songs are so cringy, it make me reassess everything I believed about her. Listen to “Dance Like Yo Daddy” and feel your soul slipping away.
When it comes to Meghan Trainor’s so-called ‘follow-up’ record Thank You, it’s nearly impossible to describe it as anything but derivative garbage in comparison to what her contemporaries were producing around the same time in 2016, not only delivering what is arguably her most problematic album yet but one of the industry’s largest steps backward in terms of integrity, a half-hearted cash-in on industry trends that made previous Caucasian Pop appropriators like Taylor Swift look like absolute angels in hindsight; There’s no need to fake it, this is simply a bad album from tip to toe – As someone who has a soft spot for truly-inspired Pop music & whose classical training in music theory can acknowledge melodic skill when it’s present, I’ve no qualms with dragging this record through the mud as it represents everything wrong with mainstream media, going to great lengths to shamelessly adopt current trends without putting in the effort to deliver a cohesive musical journey you can actually get behind, essentially giving those still stuck in the eighties-era mindset of ‘what’s Black is mine’ a reason to continue feigning ignorance for little more than a quick buck. Thank You was initially presented as somewhat of a transformative career move for Trainor, pushing her sound even harder into the whole ‘I’m an infallible goddess’ aesthetic with a blatant display of fake-feminism only the most uneducated listener could possibly stomach, putting a heavy strain on the progress other more-effective female artists had made towards gender-equality & doing so in the name of self-centered stardom, making everyone within earshot a party to the downfall of Pop music’s integrity.
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- May 13, 2016
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